Just a little story here.
I'm riding down to safeway to get coke to go with Rye. lol. This dumbass in a Prelude started pulling out in front of me as I was going down 64th. I started slowing down because I wasn't sure what he was doing. He pulls out and I swerved. I ended up catching my rear brake lever on his licence plate/
The moral here? If I didn't practice emergency manouvers regularly, I would have T boned the dumbass. They do help, and they helped me!
Oh, and V45 sabres are built like tanks, his plate/bracketry was bent in half, the brake lever was bent 2 inches out.